When you’re using your dehydrator to dehydrate different foods, you’re doing something that is really important as you store and save them for a later time. This is a critical step for you and your family to have quality food ready when an emergency takes place in your area. While the dehydrator is one of the most convenient pieces of equipment to use when you want to avoid waste and keep food from going bad, there are certain foods and beverages you should never attempt to dehydrate.
If you’re not sure which foods are best to avoid, check out this list of the foods that aren’t worth dehydrating, along with the reasons why it’s not worth trying. In case you missed this post, How To Dehydrate Zucchini-Sliced & Cubed
10 Foods You Should Never Dehydrate
Unlike most fruits and veggies, avocados contain fatty acids. While these fats are the good kind for your overall health and well-being, they’re not the kind of food you should ever attempt to dehydrate. During the dehydration process, the avocado slices will turn leathery and have a bad taste.
In addition, it can make it hard for you even to enjoy eating the avocado that you’ve attempted to save. So, if you don’t want your avocado to go bad, the best thing to do is chop it into pieces, put it in a freezer bag, and keep it frozen.
The fat content in butter makes it hard to dehydrate. Although it’s possible to put it in the dehydrator, the flavor won’t remain the same, and the texture of the butter isn’t going to turn out well. As a result, you’ll notice that butter doesn’t dehydrate properly like many other foods.
If you want to have butter for emergencies, it’s a good idea to purchase real powdered butter. It has a long shelf life, tastes excellent, and is always good to have in your stockpile of food. And don’t forget, you can freeze butter! You can also buy the brand, Red Feather Butter which is commercially processed.
3. Different Types of Fatty Meats
Like avocados and butter, fatty meats contain way too much fat for proper dehydration, making it challenging to dehydrate them at all. Avoid any fatty cuts of pork, beef, or chicken because you’ll struggle to dehydrate them and you won’t enjoy the end product when it comes to eating them later. Instead, choose lean meats that you can quickly dehydrate and keep for a later time, such as lean ground beef, lean ham, pressure-cooked chicken, and shrimp.
Attempting to dehydrate milk will leave you feeling frustrated. It doesn’t work out well. While the thought of saving milk may leave you motivated to give it a try, you’ll quickly find out that milk doesn’t dehydrate as well as you’d think, ultimately making it a real challenge to drink when rehydrated later.
If you’d like to have milk stored away that won’t expire so quickly, consider buying powdered milk. It may not taste as great as fresh milk, but it’s great to have during emergencies. And don’t forget you can freeze milk, just leave room for expansion in the bottles.
5. Soda and Other Carbonated Beverages
Another liquid that you should avoid adding to your dehydrator is soda. It really doesn’t dehydrate well at all. You can put it in the dehydrator, but you shouldn’t expect great results from the effort because of the excess sugar and other ingredients used to prepare it.
If you’d like to have flavored beverages for emergencies, it’s much better to buy flavored syrups that you can add to carbonated water. Not only is it the healthier option, but it stores well and has a longer shelf life. There are also dozens of powder flavorings available to store easily and add to water when needed.
It’ll save you time and keep you from dealing with a mess caused by attempting to add soda to your dehydrator.
While it’s possible to dehydrate nuts, and there are people who do it because they like the taste, peanuts will lose a lot of their nutritional value in the process. So if you’re trying to save and store peanuts because you want to have healthy ingredients available to you and your loved ones in emergencies, you shouldn’t dehydrate them.
If you like how they taste when dehydrated, you can still put them in the dehydrator, but don’t expect to get the same nutrients and vitamins that you’d get from regular peanuts. Plus they have so much fat in them they can become rancid very quickly. Just freeze nuts, you’ll be a lot happier.
7. Ketchup and Other Condiments
If you dehydrate ketchup, you’re going to have sheets of ketchup that look like leather. It won’t taste the same or add the same touch that it usually does when used on hamburgers, hotdogs, and other foods. Unfortunately, it’s not the only condiment that doesn’t have the best taste or texture when dehydrated.
Several other condiments won’t turn out so well, including mayo and mustard. If you’re looking for a way to have sauces that will taste good and last long, look into powdered versions of your favorites. If the powdered versions are easy for you to find, I’d chose that approach since you will enjoy them much more and you won’t spend the time and effort that goes into a dehydration project.
Sure, you can put olives in your dehydrator and even dehydrate them, but what’s the reason for it? It’s only a waste of time. Most olives have a long shelf life when placed in glass jars and stored in ideal temperatures. Choose a cool, dark spot for your jars of olives to keep them fresh and tasting their best. Don’t waste your time adding the olives to your dehydrator!
9. Orange Juice
Dehydrating orange juice or any other type of juice is a complicated process that likely won’t work out well. If you’re trying to save juice, consider canning it. You can put it in jars and complete the canning process to extend its shelf life. You might even want to freeze some of your juice to save it until you’re ready to use it.
The most appropriate approach to dehydrating most fruits that are used for juices is to dehydrate the fruit itself. Check out my fruit dehydration posts in my archive.
You shouldn’t attempt to dehydrate any cheese, whether it’s American, Swiss, or even sharp cheddar. It’s not a good idea to dehydrate dairy products because it can alter the taste of these products and potentially cause you to get sick. It has way too much fat! It’s not worth the risk!
As you can see from most of the comments above, shy away from trying to dehydrate any foods that are high in fat content. Look for foods that have a high water content since removing water is what dehydrating is all about
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While there are plenty of great foods to dehydrate, including strawberries, chicken, green beans, and so much more, these are ten foods you should never attempt to dehydrate. Whether it’s a waste of time, a health risk, or simply impossible, be sure to avoid adding these items to your dehydrator.
Rather than wasting time and money, you can find other ways to conveniently store and preserve these food items to extend their shelf life. Dehydrating foods the most effective way to keep food for longer periods and save money simultaneously, as long as they are foods that fit the dehydration process efficiently. May God Bless this world, Linda
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